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March to the Sea: Prince Roger Series, Book 2 | [David Weber, John Ringo]

March to the Sea: Prince Roger Series, Book 2

Prince Roger MacClintock, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, was a spoiled rotten, arrogant, whiny, thoroughly useless young pain in the butt. But that was before an assassination attempt marooned the Royal Brat and his bodyguards on the planet Marduk, and before they had to march half way around the entire planet, through 120-degree heat and five-hour rainstorms in jungles full of damnbeasts, capetoads, killerpillars, and atul-grak, not to mention hostile peoples, to make their way back to port.
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Publisher's Summary

Prince Roger MacClintock, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, was a spoiled rotten, arrogant, whiny, thoroughly useless young pain in the butt. But that was before an assassination attempt marooned the Royal Brat and his bodyguards on the planet Marduk, and before they had to march half way around the entire planet, through 120-degree heat and five-hour rainstorms in jungles full of damnbeasts, capetoads, killerpillars, and atul-grak, not to mention hostile peoples, to make their way back to port.

Under the right circumstances, even the most spoiled brat can grow up fast, and it turns out that, under his petulant exterior, Prince Roger is a true MacClintock, a scion of the warrior dynasty that created the Empire of Man. Now both prince and bodyguards are determined to get each other off the planet alive. Of course, the planet has other ideas.

Don't miss the rest of the action in the Prince Roger Series.

©2001 David Weber and John Ringo; (P) 2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[An] admirable continuation...The development of a Mardukan combined-arms force will fascinate sophisticated readers (the manual of arms for a four-armed, 10-foot soldier is a thing of beauty), while the overthrow of the Boman will grip straightforward action lovers in spite of the staggering body count." (Publishers Weekly)
"This fast-paced sequel to March Upcountry continues the odyssey of men and women caught in a struggle for survival and determined to maintain their courage and humor in the face of overwhelming odds. Coauthors Weber and Ringo excel in depicting the lives and times of soldiers both on and off the battlefield." (Library Journal)

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    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 02-21-07
    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 02-21-07
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    "Good Ole Sci Fi"

    OK, so David Weber and John Ringo aren’t going to win any Pulitzer Prizes for this story and so maybe the characters were predictable and so was the story line. So who cares! This was a fun story to listen to. The story kept up a fast pace throughout the whole book. Actually through out all 3 of the books that I heard. This is truly one continuos story line from "March Up Country", "March to The Sea" right through "March to The Stars" and I feel safe to say will carry on into "We Few" (which I will be reading very soon). These books just made me want to keep going through this adventure to see what would happen next. It was basic good vs bad (not evil). Many of the ideas and scenarios developed through out the books were quite clever and unique and the integration of high tech vs pre industrialized Earth society (Though not on Earth) was well done. Though why the bow and arrow never came up is a bit puzzling. I wanted to give these books a 3 star rating but just couldn't because they were so much fun. This was just a good all around listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 09-29-09
    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 09-29-09
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    "What you'd expect. And that's a good thing."

    Weber and Ringo do military SciFi about as well as anyone, and this series is no exception. This is the second in the four part series, so start with March Upcountry if you haven't read that yet. The reader is Stefan Rudnicki, whose readings should be familiar to anyone who listens to much science fiction, and he's a good reader. The story develops characters beyond where we were with Upcountry, and kills off a few more, including at least one I didn't want to lose. But other than that, a thoroughly enjoyable read and it's 19 hours long!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 11-20-06
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 11-20-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Yes, they were out of order"

    We all know by now that the books were here out of order, but that's been corrected and all four books are now here at Audible.. Audible picked up the other books VERY fast.

    "March to the Sea" chronicles Prince Roger and the Bronze Barbarian's (and some real barbarian's) march to the point where they will cross the sea to reach the "Empire of Man's space port".

    More "Out of the Box thinking" from Weber and Ringo (I had the pleasure of talking to Ringo again at the 2006 Dragon*Con), and we get to see Prince Roger transform a bit more from the "Clothes Horse" that he was, into the "Respected Leader" that he will become.

    Weber and Ringo consistently give us great Military Sci-fi.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-03-08
    Nathan Bayfield, CO, United States 03-03-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Just as fantastic as rest!"

    Wow! What a great find! Don’t you just love it when you try the first book in a series and you turn out to LOVE IT? Well that is exactly what happened here with me. I could not wait to download the next book, and they are all nice a long (so you get a lot of ‘bang for your buck.’) All of these Prince Roger books are the kind of ‘long’ that goes by fast. There is plenty of satisfying action and the character development if great too. You really get to love each character and see what happens to them. This one is just as great as the first two. I highly recommend each and every book in this series…If you like the first book your will like them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    astaats2 KS United States 11-12-06
    astaats2 KS United States 11-12-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Great story & narrator"

    Good story, good characters & good narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Lacey, WA, USA 09-21-06
    Adam Lacey, WA, USA 09-21-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A good follow-up..."

    I love a good adventure story, be it "Indiana Jones" or "The Mist", and this series does not dissapoint. The characters are becoming more fleshed out, and both strengths and weaknesses are examined. The military jargon and tactics are well thought out, and are on par with the best fictional war authors around. The only downside is that the encounters with the native peoples are becoming a bit repetitive. Marines find a new town. Fight to save town. Repeat. However, it is tolerable, and the characters actions and dialog make up for this SMALL bleminsh in an otherwise fine SciFi/Fantay series. March to the Sea next please Audible!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Dauphin, MB, Canada 03-22-14
    Douglas Dauphin, MB, Canada 03-22-14
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    "Rudnicki needs to read as written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the series are great stories.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki’s performances?

    NO! Rudnicki continually misses words and mispronounces the most obvious. One scene speaking of the Prince, a marine says Rogo and Rudnick pronounces Ro Go not Rog O!


    Any additional comments?

    Several times Rudnicki misses words and occasionally entire phrases. Read what was written! Most annoying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hlambase Perth, Australia 02-26-14
    Hlambase Perth, Australia 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost the ENTIRE book is abt Military+Economics"

    The first books was good it had a military theme but it somehow fit into the book without being overwhelming. This one takes it to the next level. About 60% of the book is about guns and explosives i.e. types,what they do and. how they work. Then there are lessons (disguised as conversations ) about battle techniques, army leadership techniques and styles, troop training....pretty much anything and everything related to guns, the army, soldiers and battles this also includes "lessons" in older fighting techniques. Add on to that 25% lessons in economics and what's left is character and story development that could have been done in 5 hours not 17. I am definately returning this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kyle Poway, CA, United States 10-08-13
    kyle Poway, CA, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Weber's Best"

    I've read most of David Weber's books and enjoyed this series the most. The series has all of the exciting elements we've come to expect from Weber, but what really sets it apart is that it sheds a lot of the triteness found in his other books. The story does not rely on the main character conveniently developing new abilities just in time to save the day. Prince Roger is, in fact, deeply flawed, making him a much more interesting character than perfect, goody-two-shoes Honor Harrington (in my opinion). That the book retains the fast paced action and the political aspects of the Harrington series while vastly improving characterization makes this Weber's best yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mountain View, CA, United States 07-31-13
    Daniel Mountain View, CA, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Scifi Military romp that is a pleasure to read"
    What made the experience of listening to March to the Sea the most enjoyable?

    The flow of action and the memorable characters.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads the book wonderfully and his inflections work well for this style of book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    10/10/06
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    "Another Excellent and engrossing installment"

    Gripping stuff. I got right into the first book in the saga of Prince Roger and this one was just as good. Maybe a tad too much 'soldiering' and 'battle craft' but terrific characters and story. I can't decide now whether to wait for the audio book of part 3: 'March to the Stars' or just go out and buy the novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Terry
    Killyleagh, Down, United Kingdom
    9/22/10
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    "Gripping Stuff"

    I'm now listening to the four books in this series again. Hi-tech SF, political intrigue and a coming of age trek for Prince Roger and his bodyguard. Put this together with superb authors and a great narrator and you have one of the best buys you could make on Audible.
    I've since purchased more audiobooks and books by Weber & Ringo and have yet to be disappointed. More please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "TYPICAL RINGO"
    What did you like best about March to the Sea? What did you like least?

    Its imaginative....but Ringo is obsessed with technical detail.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Ive listened to John Ringo stuff before. If you looking for deep and meaningful stories and complicated characters then look else where. In fact its almost an audiable comic. Its all swashbuckling stuff except its set in the future and on another planet, with lots of fighting enemy Aliens who are daft as planks and cant shoot straight and ofcourse die very easily :) You may find yourself drifting off a bit in places because he is obsessed with tech detail. That said its a decent romp if your in the mood for that sort of thing!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Very good!


    Did March to the Sea inspire you to do anything?

    Not really?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George
    United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Good book - good series"

    I very much enjoyed this "Prince Roger" series and have listened to it more than once.



    For fans of epic science fiction this is a good buy - although the emphasis is more on low tech than high tech.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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